ISTANBUL

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday handed a four-year ban to Russia for major sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 World Cup.

“WADA Executive Committee unanimously endorses four-year period of non-compliance for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency,” the agency said in a statement following a meeting of its executive committee in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday.

Underlining the allegations of systematic conspiracy for Russian athletes to use steroids, WADA said: “Any Russian athletes who had tested positive could be punished; and just as importantly it would ensure that innocent Russian athletes could be cleared of suspicion.”

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